RESTORE Successfully Re-Launches
RESTORE successfully re-opened at the end of January. It is now open two days a week (on Tuesdays and Thursdays) from 10 AM until 1 PM, with a goal of serving 75 families each day. During its first full week of operations, RESTORE distributed groceries to a total of 331 individuals from our community
RESTORE also had its first Yard Sale in the new year on Saturday, February 11th. The Yard Sale raised a total of $800. These funds help RESTORE purchase additional food items to supplement its Feeding America Tampa Bay and USDA food donations.
Under the joint leadership of Maritza Rivera and Dan Yost, there are currently 10 RESTORE volunteers involved in food collection and distribution and in operating the thrift store. Half of the volunteers come from the church, and the other half help just because they have felt a calling to help out. Hopefully the re-launch of RESTORE will be just the beginning of a new long-term commitment to our neighborhood.
RESTORE is an equal opportunity provider and is open to the public.
Pastor’s Lenten Study and Sermon Series
Everyone is invited to our annual Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, March 1st at 6:45 PM. We will be serving Spaghetti dinner to the community beginning at 5:30 PM,
but no other Wonderful Wednesday activities on Ash Wednesday.
Pastor Merritt will begin a Lenten Study based on Adam Hamilton’s “24 Hours That Changed the World”. The study begins by comparing the various gospel accounts of the Last Supper, and ending with the Lord’s death on the cross 24 hours later. The study will begin on Wednesday, March 8th.
Starting on Sunday, March 5th (the first Sunday of Lent), Pastor Merritt will begin a Lenten sermon series on “The Last Words of Christ”—based on the words of Christ on the cross as recorded in the gospel.
Everyone is welcome to participate in these Lenten activities to strengthen their faith and commitment to Christ.
UMM Flapjack Fundraiser
The United Methodist Men are planning another Flapjack Fundraiser at the Applebee’s Restaurant on 829 Providence Road in Brandon on Saturday, March 25th. The men will be selling tickets at $7.00 apiece throughout February and March. Get your tickets and join the church for breakfast.
Blue and Gold Ceremony on February 25th
February is typically Scouting month across our nation. RUMC currently supports a Cub Scout Pack—Pack 2015—and a Boy Scout Troop—Troop 83. The Cub Scouts typically meet on our campus on Monday nights, while the Boy Scout night is on Tuesdays.
The Pack 205 Cub Scouts are planning to hold their annual Blue and Gold Ceremony on Saturday, February 25th. You and your family are invited to attend the Ceremony which will be held in Crichton Fellowship Hall from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.
Your Talents Are Needed
There are currently several opportunities for ministry available here at RUMC. How do your gifts and graces correspond to any of these challenges:
- An Outreach and Missions Team Leader
- A Kitchen Captain for kitchen supplies and maintenance
- Volunteers to help with our upcoming ESOL & GED classes
- A new church treasurer. [Connie Mosley who has held this position for the past 10 years is stepping down effective as of June 1, 2017. She is looking to train her replacement over the next 3 months.]
As always, your church needs you. Is the Holy Spirit leading you participate in the life of the RUMC church family?